Health and Food Safety

UA to Serve Up Fresh Approach to Health

The Mediterranean diet has seen growing global popularity as researchers find that the dietary pattern can help prevent or reduce obesity, heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer.

Responsive to that popularity, the University of Arizona Department of Nutritional Sciences is hosting a series of events meant to explore and share current research related to the dietary pattern, which focuses on fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, beans and nuts, along with lesser amounts of lean fish, meats, dairy, olive oil and red wine.

You Are What You Tweet: Using Twitter to Track Dietary Habits

Some people use Twitter to keep up with the news, others to stay in touch with friends, but researchers at the University of Arizona have identified yet another potential use for the popular social networking site: keeping track of what people eat and why.

Led by Melanie Hingle, a UA assistant professor of nutritional sciences, the researchers set out to determine whether the popular social networking site could be used to capture, in real time, information about peoples' dietary choices and what motivates them.

UA Works to Build Healthy Communities as Part of Land-Grant Mission

The UA is involved in numerous efforts to provide nutrition education to communities throughout the state.

The University of Arizona, with its land-grant mission, is dedicated to serving the community in a variety of ways. One of those ways is by promoting good health and nutrition throughout the state and beyond through health education, outreach and research.

UA Public Health Researchers Work to Keep U.S. Food Crops Safe

Working to keep U.S. food crops safe, a team of researchers from the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and College of Agriculture and Life Sciences has received funding to study irrigation water quality.

The team will focus on developing monitoring strategies and guidelines to provide food safety improvements that can be used by the U.S. produce industry to prevent crops from becoming contaminated.

UA Experts Collaborate to Reduce Disease-Triggering Inflammation

Stress – we all face it in this super-charged society we live in.

Left unchecked, stress can cause inflammation in the body, which can bring on depression, heart disease, cancer and a host of physical and emotional ailments.

Experts in medical, behavioral and family sciences at the University of Arizona are teaming up to better understand the effects of inflammation – and how to manage it.

UA Professor Receives Gates Foundation Funding for Healthy Growth Research

The University of Arizona will receive funding through the Achieving Healthy Growth program within the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative. This initiative was launched by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to overcome persistent bottlenecks preventing the creation of new and better health solutions for the developing world.

UA Explores Promoting Teen Health Via Text Message

Teenagers spend a lot of time texting, receiving an average of 3,417 texts a month, or 114 per day, according to the Nielsen consumer research group.

A new study from the University of Arizona looks at the feasibility of using text messaging to deliver educational information about nutrition and physical activity to teens.

The study, which appears in the January-February issue of the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, looks at whether teenagers would be interested in receiving texts about health on their phones and how they would like those messages presented.

UA Cooperative Extension Promotes Healthy First Smiles



Young children around the state are "brushing up" on dental health thanks to an oral health program delivered by the University of Arizona.

The First Smiles program – an initiative of First Things First, administered in four Arizona counties by Arizona Cooperative Extension in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences – aims to improve the dental health of children from birth to 5 years old.


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